Category Archives: Engineering

Mourning Aaron Swartz

In October I noted the pending case against Aaron Swartz, an MIT fellow and proponent for the open access movement who was caught illegally downloading millions of academic journal articles from JSTOR.  This past weekend Aaron’s suicide hit the national … Continue reading

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New Engineering Research Guide

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to access online resources for engineering, check out the new research guide at http://guides.smu.edu/engineering.  This new site integrates all the prior research guides serving the engineering program, and adds new pages … Continue reading

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Mexican Drug Cartels Kidnap Engineers

Mexican Cartels Enslave Engineers to Build Radio Network By Robert Beckhusen Wired.com, November 1, 2012 One gruesome side effect of the rise of large drug cartels in Mexico is personal safety of engineers. The Zeta cartel, one of the largest … Continue reading

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Peek Inside Data Center Innovation

Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center By Steven Levy Wired.com, October 17, 2012 North Korea has nothing on the nature of secrets when compared to Google’s data centers. For years reporters, competitors and network nerds have tried … Continue reading

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Patents As Weapon: How Tech Companies Compete

The Patent, Used as a Sword By Charles Duhigg and Steve Lohr New York Times, October 7, 2012 Tech companies have traditionally managed patent portfolios as a competitive strategy, but the stakes have exploded in the past five year.  The … Continue reading

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New Seminar: Research Skills for Engineers

Introducing a new series of seminars designed to address the research needs of engineering graduate students. Harnessing Databases for Better Research October 31st from 10AM to 11:30 Room 314 – Caruth Building Specialized databases have moved beyond simply searching an … Continue reading

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IEEE Xplore Training Coming October 1st

Monday, October 1st on the second floor of the Junkins Building, IEEE Client Services Manager Jalyn Kelly will be conducting training for IEEE’s Xplore database.  The informal sessions will take place between 10AM and 12PM in the break area.  Stop … Continue reading

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Other Voices, Other Blogs: Wired’s GeekDad

As a father of a teen- and soon-to-be-teen geek, I take my responsibility as a nurturing force in their lives serious.  I want my kids to have fun and learn, so visiting Wired.com’s GeekDad blog is a daily ritual of … Continue reading

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IEEE Xplore Training Opportunities

If you want to improve your use of IEEE Xplore, here is news about upcoming online training sessions: IEEE is dedicated to bringing you the most cutting-edge technology information through the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Training webinars offer the opportunity … Continue reading

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Roving Librarians @ Lyle for Fall 2012

Each Tuesday from 2 to 3PM through the Fall semester, Melanie Golder and I will be visiting the Lyle School to provide students and faculty with research support.  Whether its a question about acquiring a book or help setting up … Continue reading

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